In the Spotlight: Papa J. Otis

WTHI Photo - Papa J. Otis
WTHI Photo - Papa J. Otis

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) – “I don’t think our band is for everybody … but people appreciate people trying to create something new and that’s basically what we do,” explained PapaPatty, saxophone.

For the second stop of In the Spotlight, we have a different style of music with Papa J. Otis.

They are another Terre Haute band whose three members unanimously agree they aren’t jazz, but rather a ‘jam band.’

“I guess the moniker we best assign ourselves with would be a ‘jam band,’” Otter Fundip, drummer, described. “Some people call us jazz, to that I reply its more like ‘fake jazz.'”

“We just do what we do cause that’s what we do.. so its not really a question of choice at this point, its just something we just sort of have to do..” PapaPatty continued.

But this band began with three separate musicians playing different locations and with some luck, they were brought together by one person.

“Ran into PapaPatty jamming downtown..,” Jmac, the guitarist, said. “…ended up playing with him multiple times, left town, years later came back and caught him at an open mic session. He invited me to come out and jam at Otter’s place and next thing ya know we are creating original music that was different than anything else in town.”

Creating original music with this band gave them each their own kind of band.

“For me this is my fun band because before this I was playing in a couple of cover bands because I didn’t have a real job at the time and I was trying to make money,” Otter Fundip said.

But for PapaPatty, it was his own personal way to heal.

“Seven years ago after my son passed on it was a part of my therapy. And I started playing just as something to keep me occupied. And then I started jamming around town on the streets going to the open mics and I wasn’t really in a band until I ran into these guys.”

And whether it’s only for fun or just a sense of therapy, Papa J. Otis will continue the jam.

For more information on Papa J. Otis and where they are playing, visit their Facebook page! provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you confirm your email address and acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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